Tuesday 31 December 2013

DJ MK - Best Of 2013

Hope you all have a good time whatever you're doing tonight. If you need some tunes to bump at some point, MK just dropped this Best Of 2013 mix for you.

Monday 30 December 2013

the final Infinite Hip Hop Show! (29.12.13)

After just over 2 years on Kane FM, I've decided to take a break from doing my fortnightly show. For the last one I thought I'd base it around the 'Rap Anniversary' post below and choose one track from each year since 1987 (my 'day one') up to 2013. A few big names didnt make the cut but I tried to rep for as many of my favourite songs/albums/rappers/producers as possible.

Saturday 28 December 2013

DJ MK - Volume 15: Watch Out Now! (1999)

Another classic mixtape by DJ MK. No cover for this one but the tracklist is below.


Side A
Mr Eon freestyle
Pharoahe Monch 'Simon Says'
Shabaam Sahdeeq & Xzibit 'Concrete'
Planet Asia 'Bringin It Back'
Phife Dawg 'Bend Ova'
Tash 'Pimpin Aint Easy'
Ol Dirty Bastard 'Rollin Wit You'
B1 & Large Professor 'Put Yo'self In My Place'
Gang Starr 'All 4 Tha Cash'
Sir Menelik, Grand Puba & Sadat X '7XL'
Skinnyman freestyle
Shyheim & Big L 'Furious Anger'
Ghostface Killah 'Apollo Kids'

Side B
Slum Village 'Fall In Love'
Afu Ra 'Defeat'
Mos Def 'Hip Hop'
Mobb Deep ft Kool G Rap 'The Realest'
Ghetto Dwellas ft AG 'Gettin Dirty'
Beatnuts 'Monster Music'
Madd Rapper 'D Dot vs TMR'
Jeru The Damaja freestyle
Casual 'I Gotta Get Down'
DITC ft Big Pun & Milano 'Where You At'
Mobb Deep 'Where Ya Heart At'
Slum Village 'Players'
Talib Kweli 'Human Element'

Original tape once again courtesy of JPS

Wednesday 25 December 2013

My Rap Anniversary: Top 20 Songs Of All Time

Christmas Day 1987 marks the day I was properly introduced to Rap when I was given the tape above as a present with a new Walkman. The Coldcut remix of 'Paid In Full' was included on the B-side of tape 1 and immediately caught my imagination. Admittedly it was more Coldcut's weird samples and scratching than an appreciation of Rakim's flow but I was only 9 years old.
Anyway, with that in mind and inspired by Tha Gawd's recent post (and some of the lists in the comments) I thought I'd drop my all time Top 20.
Choosing tunes tracks that make the cut was easy, narrowing it down and bumping them again to get it down to 20 was the tricky part. The only criteria was one track per artist.

Eric B & Rakim 'Move The Crowd' (1987)
Public Enemy ‘Welcome To The Terrordome’ (1990)
Ice T ‘New Jack Hustler’ (1991)
Ice Cube ‘My Summer Vacation’ (1991)
Main Source ‘Just Hangin Out’ (1991)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth ‘T.R.O.Y’ (1992)
Dr Dre ‘Let Me Ride’ (1992)
A Tribe Called Quest ‘Lyrics To Go’ (1993)
Nas ‘Memory Lane’ (1994)
Black Moon ‘Buck Em Down’ remix (1994)
Gang Starr ‘Mass Appeal’ (1994)
Raekwon & Ghostface ‘Rainy Dayz’ (1995)
Mobb Deep ‘Still Shinin’ (1995)
Diplomats ‘I Really Mean It’ (2003)
Jay Electronica ‘Exhibit C’ (2009)
Curren$y ft Freddie Gibbs ‘Scottie Pippen’ (2011) 

It's probably fair to say half the list would change if I did it again next week. I expected there to be more from the 00s as thats what I listen to most but when they were stacked against each other the 90s won the day. Feel free to hit the comments section and tell me why I should've gone with Midnight over Lyrics To Go or whatever.

Tracks that narrowily missed the cut: Made You Look, Still Tippin, Verbal Intercourse, On The Real, Uptown Anthem, My Melody, CREAM, Boyz N The Hood, The Roc (Just Fire), Say No Go, Mind Playing Tricks, 50 Bars, Nuthin But A G Thang, Lethal Weapon, Tonights Da Night, I Got Cha Opin (remix), Supastar, We Gonna Make It...a lot basically.

Happy Christmas!

Saturday 21 December 2013

DJ Premier on Future Flavas (2003)

Another one out of the Junior Pepaseed collection (for which we should all be very grateful). 60 minutes of Primo on Marley Marl's Future Flavas show back in 2003 when it was broadcast on 66Raw, which I think was an online or satellite station. The tracklist tells you all need to know...


Wednesday 18 December 2013

The Infinite Hip Hop Show (15.12.13)

My show from this past Sunday. I had fun with this one and it went down well. Kicking off with 30 minutes of certified bangers seemed to do the trick.

After 2 years, I've decided to take a break from the radio so Sunday 29th December will be my last show for now.

Saturday 14 December 2013

Mister Cee - Forget About It (1999)

Last week I was lucky enough to pick up a batch of tapes from Junior Pepaseed. There was a lot of treats in there but first up is this dope Mister Cee tape from 1999. Highlights include some hard to find Mobb Deep and Nas tracks, early 50 Cent, Slick Rick, Cam'ron...pretty much all bangers really.

Tagged on at the very end of side b is only the second sighting of a Rev Run & Big Kap song that I heard once on Westwood and haven't seen since. It's not a classic by any means but its always been something of a curiosity.
Also featured is 'Street Dynasty' by Menaka, which I really like. Never heard of him before but if anyone can hook me up a decent quality version of that or any of his other stuff it'd be appreciated.

Sunday 8 December 2013

Method Man & Redman - Wake Up Show freestyle (1994)

There's been a few lengthy Red & Meth freestyle sessions from back in the day that have found their way onto the net over the last few years. Here, the duo go in for 25 minutes on Sway & Tech's Wake Up Show in '94...


Friday 6 December 2013

Kay Slay - Regulators pt 5 (2002)

I don't have the cover for this and the one I found online is hella blurry, but its a Kay Slay mix from 2002 so you can probably guess what it's about. There's a coupla unreleased joints by Cardan featuring Huddy & Meeno (so basically Harlem World) and Shyne. There's also freestyles from all the usual suspects, as well as Freeway's 'What We Do' which never gets old. It's always nice hearing a classic in it's initial "Brand New Exclusive!" form.


A word of warning: the CD kicks off with 2 radio interviews. One with Irv Gotti and one with DMX, centered around the rivalry between X and Ja Rule. Both are about 10 minutes long, but that's what happened before YouTube came along. The DMX one is worth a listen, the Irv one not so much unless you're interested in both sides of a beef that never really amounted to much.

Sunday 1 December 2013

DJ Clue & DJ Envy
Desert Storm mixtape Vol. 4 (2002)

Early 00s NYC mixtapes always seem to go down well around here so you go...

Highlights include a decent pre-Aftermath 50 Cent track ('Elementary') that I'd completely forgotten about, and what I think is an unreleased Shyne track that sounds like was produced by The Neptunes.
I'm a big fan of this era as it was the time of what I'd refer to as the Credible Club Banga - songs that worked on the dancefloor without crossing the line into being corny or outright pop. As I was playing out regularly around that time that was something of a godsend, so big up to Pharrell, Timbaland, Swizz and the rest of 'em for that. It was also a time when you could still put tracks from a new Large Professor album next to songs by Big Tymers and Angie Martinez and no-one would bat an eyelid. Can it be that it was all so simple then..?